Q: Where are the hops and yeast for my Craft Beer Recipe Kit?

A: They are inside the grain bag in separate sachets; if you give the bag a little shake you should be able to spot them.

Q: How should I store my Craft Beer Recipe Kit to keep it fresher for longer?

A: Ideally, you should store the yeast in the fridge, the hops in the freezer, and the grain mixture in a cool, dry place.

Q: How much space do I need to brew?

A: The great thing about the Craft Beer Starter Kit is that it is compact and contains all the essential items you need to brew craft beer. From personal experience, a kitchen with limited worktop space and small hob can still be used for brewing, city dwellers need not worry!

Q: Do I need any other items to brew?

A: You will need a few extra bits and bobs to brew, but they are pretty common household items that you will probably already have in your kitchen cupboards. The How to Brew guide lists these additional items HERE.

Q: What kind of water should I use to make my beer?

A: Water is obviously essential for making beer as it makes up 99% of it. As a general rule, if it’s good to drink then it will make good beer. Do not use distilled water when brewing as the yeast prefer water with minerals and oxygen present, e.g., tap or mineral water.

Q: I've added the yeast, and now I can see a weird thick, yellow floating foam and some swirly bits in the demijohn, is my beer ruined?

A: No, this is called the krausen and it's almost always there during fermentation. In fact, it's a good sign, this means the yeast are having a great time converting the sugars to alcohol and CO2.

Q: Why is there no bubbling in the airlock/activity in the demijohn at all?

A: Yeast are amazing little organisms, but they are as mysterious as they are useful; they could be hibernating due to a sudden temperature change, or they may just be taking longer than usual to adjust to their new surroundings. Make sure your temperatures are within the 15-22°C range (a little higher for Wheat Dreams). If after four days there is no sign of fermentation and no bubbling you can pitch the remaining half packet of yeast that is reserved during the brewing process. If still no activity, contact us at info@brewcraftbeer.co.uk.

Q: The airlock bubbled for a few days and there was some activity/foam, but it has stopped now, is everything ok?

A: The fermentation process usually follows a flexible routine in small batches like this:

~1-5 days of airlock bubbling and thick krausen.
~4-6 days of behind the scenes activity where the krausen recedes and the airlock bubbles infrequently (if at all). This is when the yeast cleans up off-flavours and starts settling out of the beer.

We strongly suggest that you let your beer ferment for the full 11 days stated in the instructions, even if it seems like nothing is happening in the latter stages.

Q: Is the thick layer of sediment at the bottom of the demijohn normal?

A: Yes, this is the yeast settling to the bottom after they have finished their job. Try not to disturb it too much while bottling your beer, but it's perfectly natural and not harmful at all.

Q: How do I store my bottled beer?

A: Keep upright in a cool (15-22°C), dark place while the beer is conditioning (2-3 weeks). Then, refrigerate and let the small amount of yeast settle to the bottom of the bottles; pour your beer slowly into a glass to keep this yeast in the bottle. The Wheat Dream Bavarian Hefeweizen kit is the exception, the M-20 yeast is very tasty and adds a lot of character to the beer, you can give these bottles a gentle swirl near the end of the pour to add the yeast to your glass!

Q: What happens if I over-carbonate my beer?

A: If you have added too much sugar when priming your bottles, then your beer may be very fizzy; there isn't much you can do to fix this as it will only be apparent when you're at the bottle opening stage. If you chill your beer well and are careful when pouring, then the level of carbonation shouldn't be too much of a problem. Also, you can try pouring your beer from one glass into another to knock some of the excess CO2 out, this helps when a lower level of carbonation suits the style of beer better, e.g., stout.

Q: Can I reuse my Craft Beer Starter Kit?

A: You would be silly not to! You can purchase additional Craft Beer Recipe Kits HERE.